Is it a coupe? A wagon? A mechanised urban-getaway appliance? “Call it a crossover,” the wisdom goes, “and be done with it.” At their best, crossovers unshackle designers and engineers from the rigid segmentation that rules their profession. In practise, however, “crossover” has provided aesthetic cover for some very dubious product decisions.
The latest crossover concept of questionable execution – TopGear.com, in a moment of charity, said it looked “a bit of a mess” – is the Lexus LF-NX, scheduled to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show on 10 September. Apropos of that car’s recent web debut, we look at crossover concepts that haven’t quickened pulses so much as raised eyebrows. (Photo: Newspress)